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Unity appindicator to switch privacy settings

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What is Privacy Indicator?

Privacy Indicator is a notification area applet (application indicator) for the top panel of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment.

The goal of Privacy Indicator is to give a quick overview on the most important privacy settings and make it easy to change them.

The current version of Privacy Indicator supports the following settings:

  • Use online search results in the Dash: If this option is active the Unity Dash sends search queries to a server at Canonical to get additional search results.

  • Record activity (Zeitgeist): If this option is active a locally running service called “Zeitgeist” collects informations about user activity, saves them in the user’s home folder and lets other programs use them.

    This data is used by some programs to show more example recently used files or applications. They are not given away to third parties.

  • Clear recent file list: For every user Ubuntu keeps a list of recently used files. This list is used for example in “Open File” dialogs and in the “File” menu of some applications.

    This option removes all item from this list.

  • Clear Zeitgeist log: This option removes all item from the “Zeitgeist” activity log.

  • Show real name on panel: If this option is enabled the user’s real name is shown on the panel



Privacy Indicator is beeing developed and tested on Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”.

Alle software packages needed by Unsettings are installed by default on Ubuntu.


To get the most recent version of Privacy Indicator please visti the web page at


You can use Privacy Indicator under the conditions of GPL v3 or later.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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